It’s never been easier to get inspired than in today’s world; with famous Instagram pups, endless books about strong women, and recipes galore, the internet has gifted us with more to aspire to than ever. While the online world boasts plenty of drool-worthy content, some of our biggest life lessons are still learned by picking up a good book. Sure, Insta-famous couples are fun — but no real-life pairing comes close to these literary power couples.
1. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley — Harry Potter: The Harry Potter books have more power couples than Nicholas Sparks could ever dream of. Although Harry and Ginny are a solid duo, Ron and Hermione win out as *the* HP power couple because of their deep friendship, strength in adversity, and killer combination of brains and humor. (Photo via Warner Bros.)
2. Lizzie Bennett and Mr. Darcy — Pride and Prejudice: Save for Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Darcy and Lizzie are perhaps the most classic literary couple of all time. Pride and Prejudice is the ultimate romance novel because of the lesson its protagonists teach us: No matter what pressures society puts on us, marrying for love is always the right idea. (Photo via Universal)
3. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby — The Great Gatsby: While Gatsby and Daisy might not have worked out in the same way that other power couples do, they retain their ranking because of the power with which they loved each other — or at least the power with which Gatsby loved Daisy. The timelessness of The Great Gatsby shines through in the way we all relate to the metaphorical green light that Gatsby uses as a symbol for his doomed yet undying love for Daisy. (Photo via Warner Bros.)
4. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark — The Hunger Games: Some couples are powerful by virtue of their love; Peeta and Katniss undoubtedly make the list because of their literal power, both together and independently of each other. Throughout The Hunger Games series, the two take on ruthless battles together and prevail through death, revolution, and threats to their way of life. Despite the rockiness of their actual relationship, their loyalty to each other — even as friends — is awe-inspiring. (Photo via Lionsgate)
5. Allie Calhoun and Noah — The Notebook: We couldn’t possibly think of power couples in literature without channeling Nicholas Sparks’ classic. Every duo on this list had to overcome huge odds to be together, but Allie and Noah take the cake for actually staying together, no matter what. Albeit tragic, Noah’s undying devotion to Allie literally gives us faith in love itself. (Photo via New Line Cinema)
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